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CSF, DOH Partner For Deworming Drive [ Monday, 3rd of August 2015 | 2 years ago ]

More than one thousand students from San Fernando Elementary School benefitted from the deworming program of the City Health Office in partnership with the Department of Health in line with the celebration of the National School Deworming Day.

Leading the event is City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago together with DOH-R3 Regional Director Leonita Gorgolon, Family Health Cluster Head Dr. Lailani Mangulabnan, DepEd Region 3 Chief Education Support Service Division Sammy Sampang, Chief Occupational Health Dr. Rudy Albornoz, City Health Officer Dr. Eloisa Aquino, Rural Health Unit 1 Physician Dr. Renely Tungol and San Fernando Elementary School Principal Evelyn Sawal.

This program covers Kinder to Grade 6 students in all elementary schools all over the city.

According to DOH Regional Director Leonita Gorgolon, this is an initiative of the Department of Health in coordination with the local government units and elementary schools all over the country.

Their objective is to provide students the necessary health protection and nutrition needed to perform well in school and in their daily activities.

The need to deworm children aged 5 to 12 is very vital, because children in this age bracket can easily have contact with soil-transmitted helminthiasis, round worms, tape worms , hookworms that can cause a slow intellectual development, poor growth and slow body functions.

Students were given a tablet called Albendazole, a drug that prevents the worm infection being acquired by children through direct contact from soil that is contaminated with bacteria.

The City Health Office of San Fernando also distributed over one thousand pieces of hygiene kits containing a handkerchief, toothbrush, toothpaste and soap to students.

For his part, Mayor EdSa said that children being exposed to different activities in school might expose them to different germs that can lead to the formation of worms in their bodies.

“Itong aktibidad natin ay naglalayon ng kasiguraduhan ng kaligtasan ng mga kabataan, lalo na at di maiiwasan ang mga pagkakataon na sila ay naglalaro at active sa araw-araw sa eskwelahan at maging sa kanilang mga kabahayan,” said Mayor EdSa.

The Department of Health and the City Government of San Fernando are encouraging parents to have their children participate in these kinds of activities to secure their children’s health.

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